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[EN]: It’s as powerful as a full desktop PC, but small as a notebook, and will be coming with Microsoft’s next operating system. It’s Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

During Microsoft’s presentation earlier this evening, Steve Ballmer and others showed the media what the company has done in the last thirty years, and what it has in store in the near future. With the success of the Xbox 360, Mirosoft believes it can succeed in the hardware section of with a tablet called Surface.

With two models of Surface, one for Windows RT and one for Windows 8 Pro, it seems like it could take some of the iPad audience. It offers some important features that the iPad has not yet offered, like a keyboard, two digitizers (one for a digital pen; one for normal touch), etc.  The Windows 8 Pro model seems to be the one people may go for due to its advanced features over the Win RT model. One of those advantages is the 128GB hard drive.
With a keyboard, HD video, Vapor Mg, Touch Cover, integrated Kickstand and apps, Microsoft is entering into the tablet market on its own. No prices has been announced yet, but will be close to the ones for high-end notebooks. The Win RT model will see its launch before the Win 8 Pro one.
Do you think MS has what it takes to steal some of the Apple crowd?
[ES]: Es tan poderoso como un PC de escritorio completo, pero pequeño como un notebook, y viene con el próximo sistema operativo de Microsoft. Es la tableta Microsoft Surface.Durante la presentación de Microsoft a principios de esta tarde, Steve Ballmer y otros mostraron a los medios de comunicación lo que la compañía ha hecho en los últimos treinta años, y lo que tiene reservado en el futuro cercano. Con el éxito de la Xbox 360, Mirosoft cree que puede tener éxito en la sección de hardware con una tableta llamada Surface (superficie).Con dos modelos de Surface, uno para Windows RT y otro para Windows 8 Pro, parece que podría tomar una parte del público iPad. Ofrece algunas características importantes que el iPad todavía no ha ofrecido, como un teclado, dos digitalizadores (uno para un lápiz digital; uno para el tacto de lo normal), etc. El modelo Pro de Windows 8 parece ser el que la gente puede ir a por sus características avanzadas sobre el modelo Win RT. Una de esas ventajas es el disco duro de 128 GB.Con un teclado, vídeo de alta definición, VaporMg, cubierta táctil (Touch Cover), Kickstand integrado, y aplicaciones, Microsoft está entrando en el mercado de las tabletas por sí mismo. No hay precios que hayan sido anunciado aún, pero costará casi igual que los de portátiles de gama alta. El modelo Win RT verá su lanzamiento antes de la versión Win 8 Pro.

¿Cree usted que MS tiene todo lo necesario para robar algunos de la multitud de Apple?

[Press Release | Comunicado de prensa]

Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows
Microsoft-made hardware to be available starting with release of Windows 8 and Windows RT
LOS ANGELES — June 18, 2012 — Today at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft unveiled Surface: PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. Company executives showed two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail. Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise. It delivers the power of amazing software with Windows and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience.

Advances in Industrial Design

Conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft employees, and building on the company’s 30-year history manufacturing hardware, Surface represents a unique vision for the seamless expression of entertainment and creativity. Extensive investment in industrial design and real user experience includes the following highlights:

  • Software takes center stage: Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD. It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out.
  • VaporMg: The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.
  • Integrated Kickstand: The unique VaporMg approach also enables a built-in kickstand that lets you transition Surface from active use to passive consumption – watching a movie or even using the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras. The kickstand is there when needed, and disappears when not in use, with no extra weight or thickness.
  • Touch Cover: The 3 mm Touch Cover represents a step forward in human-computer interface. Using a unique pressure-sensitive technology, Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. It will be available in a selection of vibrant colors. Touch Cover clicks into Surface via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover. You can also click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.

An Amazing Windows Experience

Two models of Surface will be available: one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT, and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro. From the fast and fluid interface, to the ease of connecting you to the people, information and apps that users care about most, Surface will be a premium way to experience all that Windows has to offer. Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability of Windows 8, and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later. Both will be sold in the Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and available through select online Microsoft Stores.

Contributing to an Expanded Ecosystem

One of the strengths of Windows is its extensive ecosystem of software and hardware partners, delivering selection and choice that makes a customer’s Windows experience uniquely their own. This continues with Surface. Microsoft is delivering a unique contribution to an already strong and growing ecosystem of functional and stylish devices delivered by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring the experience of Windows to consumers and businesses around the globe.

Additional Product Information

Surface for Windows RT

  • OS: Windows RT
  • Light(1): 676 g
  • Thin(2): 9.3 mm
  • Clear: 10.6” ClearType HD Display
  • Energized: 31.5 W-h
  • Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Office ‘15’ Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB

Surface for Windows 8 Pro

  • OS: Windows 8 Pro
  • Light(1): 903 g
  • Thin(2): 13.5 mm
  • Clear: 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display
  • Energized: 42 W-h
  • Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB

(1), (2). Actual size and weight of the device may vary due to configuration and manufacturing process.

Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC. OEMs will have cost and feature parity on Windows 8 and Windows RT.

For more information about Surface, visit

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